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19

Sep

2017

Take Care of Yourself by Helping to Take Care of Others

Author: Chance,Susan

Greek philosopher Plato once said, “Happiness springs from doing good and helping others,” and recent studies have shown that he was right. When you volunteer, you improve your health.  And if you volunteer with others, you improve your relationships. 

19

Sep

2017

Quick Hits - September 20, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Google sued for pay discrimination: A class action suit filed Thursday against Google Inc. claims the tech company systemically pays women less than men in similar jobs and also enables unequal promotions and opportunities for male and female workers.

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Sep

2017

Quick Hits - September 13, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

SME employers recognizing healthcare is important recruitment/retention tool:  Since 2008, the percentage of employers with 1,000 or more employees offering healthcare coverage has been consistently near or above 99%.  It reached 99.8% in 2016.  

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Sep

2017

Quick Hits - September 6, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Spousal jealousy gives rise to gender discrimination claim: A New York Appellate decision found that firing an employee for being sexually attractive states a claim for gender discrimination - 

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Aug

2017

Quick Hits - August 30, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

OMB delays EEO-1 pay reporting requirements: The Office of Management Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs announced yesterday evening that the pay reporting requirement of the EEO-1 will be delayed and not required in the March 31, 2018 EEO-1 reporting cycle. However, federal contractors still must file the VETS 4212 report by September 30, 2017.

29

Aug

2017

Performance Management and Proper Documentation - HR’s Golden Rules

Author: Anthony Kaylin

One of the biggest disciplinary issues HR encounters is a lack of performance or discipline documentation on an employee that a manager wants to terminate.  It is very difficult for HR to proceed with a termination request when the employee has only stellar performance reviews in her file.

29

Aug

2017

First, Do No Harm

Author: Chance,Susan

Medical students must take the Hippocratic Oath in an important step to becoming a doctor. One of the most well-known premises of that oath is, “first, do no harm.” That is a good oath for any profession and is certainly something to be considered in background screening.

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Aug

2017

Quick Hits - August 23, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

OSHA to delay electronic record keeping rule until December 1: OSHA had proposed to delay the compliance date of the electronic record keeping portion of the new record keeping regulation, known as “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” from July 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017 in order to allow OSHA “the opportunity to further review and consider the rule.”

22

Aug

2017

Should an Employer Fire a Worker that Engages in Extreme Off-duty Activity or Speech?

Author: Michael Burns

With the racist rallies in Charlottesville resulting in a death and a multitude of injuries, the nation is taking a hard look at hate speech and those that express extreme or controversial views on issues of politics, race, gender, ethnicity, religion or any social or belief issues that polarize. This introspection is entering the workplace as employers ask whether they have to tolerate or even employ someone that holds and expresses extreme views – even if not communicated in the...

15

Aug

2017

Study Projects Over 8 Million U.S. Jobs Will be Created in the Next Five Years

Author: Michael Burns

CareerBuilder recently published a study that sees 8.1 million new jobs being added to the U.S. between this year and 2022. This will be slightly offset due to projections that in the same time frame over 302,000 jobs will go away. This creates a net U.S. job growth of 5% over the next five years. 

15

Aug

2017

Quick Hits - August 16, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

More people are working side jobs:  According to new CareerBuilder research, nearly a third of workers (32 percent) are working side jobs – compared to 29% last year.

8

Aug

2017

Quick Hits - August 9, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Most employees believe employers should not ask about salary history:  According to a new survey from Glassdoor, more than half of U.S. workers (53%) believe employers should not ask candidates about their current or past salary history when negotiating a job offer.

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Aug

2017

Quick Hits - August 2, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Is the repeal of the ACA dead?  Don’t count anything out.  It may be that a bill will still be passed.  More likely, a bipartisan approach could be taken to shore up the weaknesses in the current system, although the Republicans still want to repeal the employer mandate. 

1

Aug

2017

Biometrics – Is Life Imitating Art?

Author: Chance,Susan

Biometrics have long been used in science fiction on television and in the movies. Back in 1966 Star Trek started using voice id, then moved on to retina scans, basic vitals, and face recognition.  The Starship Enterprise was not alone. Other famous sci-fi adventures such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Back to the Future 2, Robo Cop, and I Robot – to name a few – have also used biometrics for their characters to gain access to secure places and information.  Life has begun...

25

Jul

2017

Quick Hits - July 26, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

New I-9 now available: USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17.

18

Jul

2017

Quick Hits - July 19, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Senate Health Bill 1.2 and repeal of Obamacare both dead, but not buried:  Four Republican senators have publically opposed the updated senate health care bill.  

18

Jul

2017

Employer Gets Relief from Separation Agreement Typo

Author: Michael Burns

Oopsy daisy! In the process of permanently laying off a group of employees after Defendant-company was purchased, the terminated employees all received separation pay as part a legally executed separation agreement. Courtesy of a typo in one particular agreement, instead of getting 34 weeks of pay amounting to $80,805.97 as was intended, the Plaintiff’s agreement stated he would get $80,805.97 per week for 34 weeks amounting to a very generous, but erroneous $2,747,400 separation...

18

Jul

2017

HR Staff Ratios are Growing

Author: Kevin Marrs

According to data issued by Bloomberg BNA in its "HR Department Benchmarks and Analysis 2017" report the size of HR departments is growing.  Their report, which includes benchmark data from nearly 700 HR professionals of U.S. employers, suggests that the median ratio of HR staff to total employee headcount is at an all-time high of 1.4 full-time equivalent HR employees for every 100 workers served by the HR department.

18

Jul

2017

Are Americans Finally Using Their Vacation Time?

Author: Heather Nezich

According to the Project: Time Off report, The State of the American Vacation 2017, it appears that Americans might finally be starting to use their vacation time.  For years, vacation time usage has been on the decline in the U.S., but the 2017 report shows some optimistic results.

11

Jul

2017

Quick Hits - July 12, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Number of organizations calling for federal paid sick leave: Some 340 organizations across the U.S. penned a letter to members of Congress urging their members to "commit[] to support a strong, responsible national paid family and medical leave policy and reject harmful alternatives." 

11

Jul

2017

To Ask or Not to Ask

Author: Heather Nezich

The salary history question has become quite controversial in recent months, and some cities and states have created laws around it.  It used to be an expected question during the interview process, but there is debate over whether the question is a fair one and could cause pay inequality to prevail as women progress through their careers.

11

Jul

2017

Is Agile Management the Future?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Productivity, collaboration and innovation is a difficult proposition for many employers.  For those employers that have telecommuters, many have used and/or developed internal tools from Instant Messaging to blogs to internal LinkedIn type pages to encourage teamwork, camaraderie, and innovation within the workplace.  However, the tide appears to be turning.

11

Jul

2017

Beware of False Knowledge

Author: Chance,Susan

You have spent time and resources looking for just the right candidate for your open position. You finally found the person you want to hire, but there is still the background process to go through. You get the final report.  Something came up on your applicant’s background check, now what? As stated by George Bernard Shaw, “Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” What does the warning from Mr. Shaw have to do with the background report? An item...

11

Jul

2017

Amazon Prime Day – The Latest Cybershopping Headache for Employers

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

If Cyber Monday during the holidays isn’t bad enough with on-line shopping distracting employees and impacting productivity, now employers have to deal with the latest online shopping “holiday” mid-year with Amazon Prime Day.  For those who aren’t familiar with Amazon Prime Day, it is the mid-summer sales equivalent of Christmas in July.

27

Jun

2017

Better Sleep Equals Better Business

Author: Heather Nezich

How long did you sleep last night?  If you’re like 83% of U.S. workers, not enough.  While the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that adults get 7-8 hours of sleep each night, only 17% say they actually get that full amount according to a recent Career Builder survey.  60% feel that the lack of sleep negatively affects their work.

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